The British dressage team finished third in a closely fought grand prix team competition at Aachen CDIO. The commpetition was won by a strong Dutch squad, with Germany in second place.
Emma Hindle and Lancet achieved the best British score of 70.42%, to be placed 8th individually, with Carl Hester and Liebling II not far behind in 11th on 69.27%. Fiona Bigwood scored 65.872 with Wie Atlantico, while Laura Bechtolsheimer was the unexpected discard score riding Andretti H on 64.085. All four British combinations will go forward to the grand prix special on Saturday.
Team captain Richard Davison said: “Third place in Aachen is another good result for us. Out of the three Nations Cups so far, Great Britain has achived second in Saumur, second in Rotterdam and third in Aachen. When you think that the Aachen result is without our top scoring horse, I have very good grounds to be confident of a medal at the European Championships.
“There is still room for further marks from our team here today. Emma produced another solid performance, Carl has now really got the measure of Liebling and Fiona’s partnership is developing from show to show. Laura is understandably disappointed in her performance and will be looking to bring this back to the 70% level in the Grand Prix Special on Saturday.”
View the complete results at www.chioaachen.de